Mechanical Traction

By | February 5, 2015

This computer controlled traction machine can be used for both necks and backs.  The amount of force and its direction can be set  precisely and it can be used in the manual or progressive mode.  But it is large and expensive and poorly suited to home use.

This computer controlled traction machine can be used for both necks and backs. The amount of force and its direction can be set precisely and it can be used in the manual or progressive mode. But it is large and expensive and poorly suited to home use.

The simple traction table is the best-known form of spinal distraction therapy and the one that is applicable to the largest number of patients. In its simplest form it bears a superficial resemblance to the rack a medieval instrument of torture and consists of a table two belts and a system of weights. The patient lies on the table with one belt around the chest and the other around the hips. The upper belt is fixed to the table to hold the patient in place, while a rope with attached to the system of weights is connect to the lower belt applying the distractive force. There are many refinements, which can be made to this simple design such as adjustable arms and pulleys to vary the direction of the distractive force or a system of electric motors to replace the weights, allowing the strength of the distractive force to be adjusted and varied continuously during treatment. Our traction machine here at Schlesinger Pain Centers is a Chattanooga 8000 and has all of these features and more.


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